Celtic manager Neil Lennon has heaped incredible praise on Jeremie Frimpong after his second goal for the club against Hibernian.
The Dutch youngster grabbed his first ever goal at Celtic Park in this afternoon’s 2-0 victory over the Easter Road side. As well as that, he was the catalyst for the majority of our creativity. With a host of overlapping runs down the flank, he caused mayhem in the Hibs penalty area on more than one occasion.
Odsonne Edouard will feel he could’ve had one or two more today thanks to Frimpong’s endeavours. However, as for the right-back himself, he’ll have had no regrets looking back on his 13th senior outing.
Lennon was quick to give him post-match praise too. Speaking to the BBC (15/12, 17:19), the manager made the following remark on Frimpong’s abilities:
“(He’s) one of the best kids I’ve ever seen and I’ve been in the game for a long time. The level of his play is outstanding and he’s been magnificent since he came through the door.
“The only criticism is that we missed easy chances – we were far more comprehensive than 2-0.”
Frimpong is making right-back spot his own
If you were told when Hatem Abd Elhamed got injured that he would struggle to get back in, you would’ve laughed. Now, however, it’s difficult to see where and when you drop Frimpong.
It’s not just his goals and assists that make him such a delight – it’s the attitude. He looks like a player who’s simply thriving on the exposure to first-team football. Halting it anytime soon could be poor for his progress, and Lenny’s comments here suggest that he won’t be doing that anytime soon.
For the truth is that Frimpong is running out of acid tests at Celtic – or at least domestically. He’s now faced Aberdeen, Hibernian (x2), and Rangers. In all of those matches, he’s come through them with flying colours.
What’s also worth noting is how impressive he was in bouncing back from last Sunday. Yes, he was on the winning side, but it would’ve been easy to feel down after being sent off. Bouncing back from set-backs like that is key to being a successful Celtic player. Frimpong appears to have that trait nailed.
And he should take Lennon’s words here and have unlimited levels of pride in them. This is a manager who has worked with young talents such as Victor Wanyama, James Forrest, and Virgil Van Dijk respectively. To have Frimpong as up there with one of the best youngsters he’s worked with is a massive pat on the back.
As we carry on to Wednesday night and a tough-looking trip to Tynecastle, you can’t see anything other than another game for Frimpong. He doesn’t look tired, and continues to star every time he’s on the pitch. There’s something special about this youngster – we may just be witnessing something amazing here.